Oryx and Crake Brief Summary
‘Oryx and Crake’ is a fiction novel written to capture the unspecified future. The novel’s author Margaret Atwood uses speculative fiction in explaining the major themes of the novel. For instance, she focuses on explaining the theme of synthetic evolution versus natural evolution. The theme is explored through a fiction story of a company that is determined to fight diseases through the creation of genetically modified body mechanisms that are in the form of modern medicine. This aspect introduces the theme of immortality where the making of Crakers signifies the society’s desire for immortality. They strive for an immortal society is perceived through modification of drugs and human organ transplant which help in rejuvenating bodies that are on the verge of aging.
The story begins by introducing the main character snowman who is given the attributes of a protagonist. This character enables him to survive in the desert alongside a few other people who survived the virus that killed his friend. The first chapter is introduced in a somber mood that describes snowman’s sadness that is inherited from his isolation. Snowman’s interaction with the Craker children portrays his isolation and intense desire to interact more with his own kind (Margaret 16). However, he chooses to protect the Craker children from the harsh reality that impacted my life in which they find unfamiliar. The theme of ‘Name’ is introduced in this chapter as snowman chooses to switch from using his original name Jimmy to Snowman. Snowman deviates from crake’s rule of naming which entailed the naming of people or animals after objects that exist.
Snowman narrates his life story as a young boy named Jimmy which appears contradictory to the current traits he possesses as a grown man (Margaret 25). As a young boy, the snowman was discouraged from being emotionally attached to animals as it suppressed the desire to practice and understand anatomic science. The chapter describes Snowman’s difficult relationship with women, which was rooted in his frustrating and superficial relations with Sharon who was his biological mother. In chapter three, Oryx is introduced as one of the main characters in the story. The author uses a distinguished approach between fact and fiction portrayed by instances in which snowman falls in and out of reality. He tries to live in his thoughts in order to interact with Oryx who was killed by his friend Crake. Atwood uses flashbacks to explain the root of Snowman’s current situation, for instance, the incapability to build a relationship with others.
The fourth chapter continues to portray the significance of employing flashbacks in a narrative. This chapter provides a brief description of the relationship between Crake and Jimmy. The two character’s relationship was bound by Jimmy’s grief for an abrupt departure from his mother. The author uses contrast to explain the difference in character between Jimmy and Snowman (Margaret 67). After the departure of her mother, Jimmy became fascinated with destructive sites and pornographic videos. This portrays a sense of irresponsible behavior. On the other hand, snowman shows a sense of responsibility after the death of his two close friends Oryx and Crake as he takes care of the Craker children.
In chapter five, Atwood continues to depict the theme of love. This is portrayed by Snowman’s inability to let go of Oryx’s memories. Snowman allocates himself the task of building the philosophical and moral universe of the Crakers as he loved them. In chapter six, Atwood uses dramatic tension to explain the relationship between Oryx and Jimmy. This is evident when Jimmy seeks revenge for what was done to Oryx. However, he chooses to let the feeling pass as that is how Oryx used to hand such instances when they were young. Oryx and Crake is indeed a masterpiece in literature as it involves most of the narrative devices in creating an atmosphere inspired by fiction.
Works Cited Margaret Atwood. Oryx and Crake Ed: Ottawa. Bloomsbury. 2009. Print